Bilingual Education


For decades, immigrant children have been taught in their native
languages in schools across the country while slowly and simultaneously
receiving English as a second language. But like anything, bilingual
education is not without its flaws. In fact, it's plagued with them.
After many years of bilingual education in the United States, one thing is
certain: it does not work, and it is failing America's immigrant youth.
The idea behind bilingual education is that students be taught
"academic subjects" such as math, geography, and science "in their native
languages (most often Spanish), while slowly and simultaneously adding
English instruction" (Rothstein 627). Students learn English as ...

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the case.
Critics of bilingual education say that "the objectives of the
classes are confused, the quality of instruction is poor," and the
"transition" time, when students transition into regular classes, is murky
(Schrag 14). Critics believe that the goals of bilingual education have
been forgotten and replaced with the need to "preserve native culture and
traditions" (Rothstein 627). In fact, the major defense from advocates of
bilingual education is that there is nothing wrong with preserving
children's ethnic and linguistic heritage.
It is important to have an understanding of English when living in
the United States, after all, "according to the 1990 census, 94 percent of
U. S. residents speak it, to some degree" (Sjoerdsma 504K2721). One cannot
learn English, however if one does not stay in school. Unfortunately, "one
recent national study found that students enrolled in bilingual programs
dropped out earlier" (Murr 65). Also, the percentage of students who make
the ...

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